The Process of Transformation Through Education

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The Process of Transformation Through Education Nursing profession has made leaps and bounds since I embarked onto the field of nursing in 1993. While I was proud of being a nurse, I did not feel the need to be ambitious nor competitive in my field. Aside from the well known fact about the nursing shortage, I was not familiar with the numerous advancements that had been made by the profession. Most recently, I have come to realize how sophisticated and respected nursing profession has become. Today, nurses as the highly valued commodity, need to be available to skillfully meet the challenging needs of the public. It has now become clear that nursing is engaged in the process of reshaping its function and form to accommodate the dynamic healthcare needs. I am convinced that nursing education is the key that will unlock the essential components in transforming the culture and practice of nursing. Despite the nurse shortage, the nursing profession is being elevated to the next level. Although diploma nursing was the standards of yesterday, the new nurse workforce will shine with the majority being BSN prepared nurses. With increasing patient acuity, the hospitals and chronic care setting institutions are in need of nurses that can accept the challenges and complications involving the complex healthcare issues. The BSN prepared nurses would successfully meet the challenges of coordinating care among other multidisciplinary team members and the ability to utilize available resources to deliver safe, effective, quality care (Institute of Medicine, 2011). To my dismay, I came to learn about the BSN preference when I tried to obtain a school nurse position few years ago. Incidentally, the areas of public health, school... ... middle of paper ... ... References American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). New AACN data show enrollment in baccalaureate nursing program expands for the 10th consecutive year . Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2010/bacc-growth Hassmiller, S. B., & Cozine, M. (2006, January/ February). Addressing the nurse shortage to improve the quality of patient care [Essay]. Health Affairs, 25(1), 268-274. doi: DOI 10.1377/hlthaff.25.1.268 ©2006 Project HOPE–The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Institute of Medicine. (2011). The future of nursing: leading change, advancing health (Report). Retrieved from www.nap.edu: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12956 Yordy, K. (2006). The nursing faculty shortage: A crisis for health care (Issue Brief). Retrieved from www.rwif.org: http://www.rwjf.org/files/publications/other/NursingFacultyShortage071006.pdf

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